Summer is coming to a close, but the importance of supporting family and children will not. Our community ensures that opportunities are set for the future of our youth.
For many years, Florida A&M University has set the stage to uplift and showcase the exceptional outcomes of success-driven students, who apply for their annual scholarships.
The Volusia County Alumni Chapter of the FAMU National Alumni Association Scholarship luncheon took place in July at The Center at Deltona, titled “A Legend of Excellence With Care.”
Hundreds gathered as scholarship recipients received accolades for their accomplishments, with scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 per year.
“The scholarship event is a time for our local alumni chapter to recognize the hard work students have put into their scholastic endeavors and to reward them with financial assistance that will help them pursue their dream of obtaining a college degree,” FAMU Volusia Alumni Chapter President Rakinya Hinson said.
The talent-filled program began with opening remarks presented by Miss Precious Johnson, a current FAMU student.
She then passed the microphone to a very proud FAMU graduate and mistress of ceremonies for the afternoon, DeLand City Commissioner Jessica Davis.
After greetings from many city and county representatives, distinguished-honoree awards were presented to FAMU graduates who have dedicated their lives to the betterment of their communities.
The awardees were retired Lt. Col. Milton Corley, FAMU Class of 1966, and his beloved wife, Rutha B. Corley, FAMU Class of 1969, along with Carlton Bouie, FAMU Class of 2002, and Mrs. Dorothy Wilson, FAMU class of 1973.
The enthusiasm in the room was sealed as Henry Lawrence took the stage as the distinguished guest speaker.
Lawrence, affectionately known as Henry “Killer” Lawrence, a 1974 graduate of FAMU and the Oakland Raiders’ first-round draft pick in 1974, wooed the audience with his charisma and his message of hope.
He ended the program with his rendition of “Tennessee Whiskey,” with collaboration from the Love Band.
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— Cameron, a motivational speaker and empowerment coach, lives in Orange City. Visit www.primrosecameron.com to learn more.